There is a new Autodesk blog which will focus on AutoCAD Electrical and AutoCAD ecscad. I am going to be a regular contributor on AutoCAD Electrical topics and so will Jared Bunch who has also been with AutoCAD Electrical for many years.
Check it out at http://autodesk.typepad.com/systemsdesign/
Also, if you have any suggestions for future topics add a comment to any of my blog articles that are already posted.
we use Nate Holts PLC tool he contributed some years ago on Forums (se attached). We would like to apply this tool on parent/child PLC symbols such that we can reference more than one connection point between the symbols.
Could you pherhaps look into this ? Also some conciderations regarding feference between pcl symbols would be appreciated. For instance when designing a PLC system we make an overview drawing showing the PLC rack with the powersupply, CPU, communication modules as well as I/O module position in the plc racks. I´m not referring to the panel dwg but instead we use this overview to show the system configuration with minimal wiring. Sometimes we show the powersupply to the system and communication network (ethernet etc..)
What would be the correct procedure in cases as this. Some of these modules such as the powersupply and cpu´s would be appointed as main/parent symbols while the I/O symbols shown on other pages are the main symbols and the one´s shown on the overview would be child symbols right?
I´m looking forward to your answer on this topic.
I am assuming you are not suggesting future blog articles but looking for some actual programming updates to the lisp function. I would suggest looking for someone with some lisp programming expertise and maybe hiring them to extend the functionality of the lisp program. I am afraid this is out of my area of work as a technical writer.
Regarding the overview type drawing that you want to relate back to the schematic components like the PLC, power supply, etc., :
I would suggest either relating them as peer components or using the Insert Panel from Schematic but with the Wiring Diagram option and symbols. This would require some setup at your end to create the symbols and update the footprint lookup tables. But, I would need to see some images of what you are trying to achieve to know if either of these would work.
There are people on this discussion board that probably do this already and could provide some guidance on things that have worked for them. That is the great thing about this discussion board is that you get advice from people using the product every day. So maybe log a new post, provide some detail on what you want to achieve and even include some images.
Hi Pat and thank´s for your reply.
What I was indicating in my post was that I would like see a blog article that covers tools and methods required sometimes when designing plc systems. The method that Nate introduced in his blog some years ago is in that direction that is when the plc child I/O´s are distributed on various drawings. This way of design is wery common in some industries in Europe. I haven´t seen the Beta version of ACADE2013 nor what new tools will be introduced but I hope that some effort has been put into to software on that issue.
thanks for your suggestion on the blog. I will add this suggestion to the list of potential blog articles.
Also, I have verified that this "distributed" PLC" idea was already logged as a request for an AcadE enhancement. If you can post the actual .lsp and any related .dcl file here I can attach it to the logged item as further information. Also, if you can provide detail on what functionality it does not provide that you would like I can add that as well.
I added this information to the logged wish list item for possible future enhancements.
The method that Nate introduced in his blog some years ago is in that direction that is when the plc child I/O´s are distributed on various drawings. This way of design is wery common in some industries in Europe. I haven´t seen the Beta version of ACADE2013 nor what new tools will be introduced but I hope that some effort has been put into to software on that issue.
I am new to this forum.
I have a question about being a drafter
I would like to be a drafter but i have no idea how do i get in and where to start.
I have done electrical engineering.
Please suggest me do i have to go to some drafting course in some school or i can learn autocad by myself and get into as a drafter?
We are inputting company specific information into the database under USER2 Field. All has been going well until just after lunch when the edit screen will not allow me to input information in the USER2 Field. What is the problem? I have closed out Autocad Electrical 2013, rebooted my computer, and suffered from Cad Rage.
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